Voxx Studios Uses Blackmagic's Pocket Cinema Camera 4K for Voice Overs

Voxx Studios
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FREMONT, Calif.—Blackmagic Design has announced that Los Angeles-based Voxx Studios, a major audio post and localization house, has created a new service using Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K that syncs voice over talent’s audio work with video of their facial acting.

“The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is a big part of making this service possible. It gives us high quality images of course, but it also lets us send audio timecode directly into the camera from whatever audio software we want to use. That flexibility on top of the images has been great,” said Andrei Zinca, the CEO of Voxx Studios. 

Voxx Studios is also using Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro, Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and DaVinci Resolve Studio to complete the feature documentary `Who I Am Not’, helmed by Tunde Skovran, who is one of Voxx Studios’ owners, and produced by Zinca. The movie is produced by Double 4 Studios in collaboration with Voxx Studios.

Voxx Studios is a full service dubbing, localization and subtitling studio for TV, film and multimedia and an audio post production facility with 11 recording studios and four mixing bays, which have produced more than 5,000 hours of dubbed content. The company is able to provide services in a multitude of languages, from English, Spanish and Portuguese, to German, French, Mandarin or Japanese.

The new synching service by Voxx Studios is already used on a number of globally distributed animes and allows animators to get perfectly synced media to help create more realistic animated features. With the service, based on software created by Voxx Studio engineers, voice over artist’s facial performances are recorded at 24 fps on a Pocket Cinema Camera 4K at the same time as they are recording audio tracks. Linear audio timecode is captured and sent directly into the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K in real time and the combined media is saved on the camera’s SD card.

Zinca added: “The size of the camera is also a big advantage for us. We are primarily an audio company and did not build our ATMOS studios with large camera rigs in mind. The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is small, but still looks and acts like a professional camera. This is very important since we have found that when the voice talent know they are being recorded on a high quality camera, they play up their scenes even more. Which means we get the animators and editors even more to work with.”

Zinca also uses Blackmagic Design cameras and DaVinci Resolve Studio post production software for his own films and documentaries. This includes the recent award winning film “Si atunci, ce e libertatea?” (“So, What's Freedom?”), a political drama inspired by historical facts that tells the story of love and survival against the background of the 1951 Communist ordered deportation of 40,000 landowners and people of non Romanian origins to the Baragan Plain. For the film, he used DaVinci Resolve Studio for editing and audio work.

“The small design of the cameras let us stay in the background,” Zinca said. “Even up close to the talent, the Pockets do not intrude like other big cameras. All while getting an amazingly high quality image. And with the high dynamic range we know we can take creative risks shooting in not ideal lighting and still be able to recover the shots in Resolve.” 

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.